Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day

Tuesday 3 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
RAYMOND WALKER 85 KINMEL BAY 23.3.17 10am
JOHN JAMES DE-KONING 54 ABERGELE 23.2.17 10.45am
MATTHEW GARETH JONES 34 RHYL 12.4.17 12.15pm
SUSAN CLARE ENGLAND 63 GLAN CLWYD 14.2.17 2pm


Thursday 5 October

Coroner's Court, The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
RONALD YOUD 87 WREXHAM 13.5.17 9.30am
RALPH FAIR 84 WREXHAM MAELOR 21.5.17 10.30am
JOSEPH DEREK JONES 73 WREXHAM MAELOR 6.6.17 11.45am
KATHLEEN ANN PARRY 65 ROYAL STOKE 2.6.17 12.30pm
STEPHAN MICHAEL WILLIAMS 51 WREXHAM 1.6.17 2pm
CESAR LUIS FERREIRA LOPES 56 WREXHAM 11.5.17 2.45pm
JASON JOHN FOX 53 WREXHAM 18.4.17 3.15pm
WILLIAM JACKSON HALL 74 SITGES 20.10.17 4pm


Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ERNEST POWELL MARGERISON 86 WREXHAM MAELOR 30.10.15 10am


Wednesday 11 October

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
BERYL JONES 83 GLAN CLWYD 24.5.17 10am
FREDERICK ARCHER 95 COLWYN BAY 1.6.17 10.45am
PAUL ADRIAN NICHOLAS SANDERS 45 CONWY 14.3.17 11.45am
ANDREW PAUL MAYS 42 GLAN CLWYD 10.5.17 12.30pm
PHILOMENA ATTRACTA WOOD 86 GLAN CLWYD 8.4.17 2pm


Thursday 12 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
SHAWN DARREN BASSETT 41 NERCWYS 20.4.17 10am
RICHARD JOHN WILLIAMS 31 WREXHAM 23.4.17 10.45am
DANIEL ROBERT WALLIS 23 GLAN CLWYD 15.12.16 11.30am
NICHOLAS JAMES HUTTON DUNN 63 RHYL 13.10.16 2pm
LIAM JAMES HILL 44 RHYL 8.1.16 2.45pm


Friday 13 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MICHAEL WILLIAMS 38 BAGILLT 27.2.17 10am
KEITH PAUL RUSSELL 57 GLAN CLWYD 3.5.17 2pm
ALWENA JONES 89 GLAN CLWYD 26.4.17 2.45pm
REECE ANTHONY CAMPBELL 18 RHYL 13.4.17 3.30pm


Wednesday 18 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
DENNIS JONES 74 FLINT 15.4.17 10am
JOHN LEONARD WILLIAMS 68 NIGHTINGALE HOUSE 23.5.17 10.45am
WILLIAM ANDREW BROWNING 62 PRESTATYN 12.5.17 11.30am
SARAH ANNE PARR 44 MOEL FAMMAU 18.3.17 2pm
CHRISTINE DIANE DODD 78 HOLYWELL 13.4.17 3pm


Friday 20 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
RAYMOND RANDALL RUTTER 77 WREXHAM MAELOR 12.12.16 10am


Tuesday 24 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
BARBARA GRIFFITHS 78 WREXHAM MAELOR 9.3.17 10am
HAROLD EDWARDS 73 STOKE HOSPITAL 17.10.16 3pm


Wednesday 25 October

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOHN SHUTLER 60 HOLYWELL 25.5.17 10am
HESTER MARY CAROLE WOOD 61 MOLD 3.7.17 10.45am
EVAN WILLIAM ROWLEY 38 WREXHAM 9.6.17 11.30am
DAVID RICHARD WILBRAHAM 35 HOLYWELL 13.4.17 12.15pm
WILLIAM HUMPHREYS BARKER 80 NANNERCH 26.4.17 2.15pm



Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047